University of Montana Affiliate Degree

BYU-Idaho does not offer a Bachelor of Science in Geography, but students do have access to a joint program with BYU-Idaho and the University of Montana. This two part arrangement allows geography students to study for 2 years at BYU-Idaho and then 2 years at the University of Montana to finish their degree.

Eligible students must complete a Geography Minor through BYU-Idaho's program. The second half of their degree is completed through the University of Montana's Bachelor degree program. Students are encouraged to apply to the University of Montana's program between April 1st and August 1st of their second year at BYU-Idaho.

More information about the program, visit the University of Montana's Geography Department.

The required classes from BYU-I's Geography Minor include:

GEOG 101  Physical Geography
GEOG 101L Physical Geography Lab
GEOG 350  Cultural Geography
GEOG 120  Geography and World Affairs
GEOG 230   Intro to GIS
GEOG 321  Geography of Developing Nations
GEOG 240  Maps and Remote Sensing
GEOG 320  Geography of North America
GEOG 340  Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis


Geography Minor

A Geography minor introduces students to the investigation of both the physical and cultural worlds. They learn how to use research methodology and advanced technology to experience premiere hands on learning. Students are prepared for future careers in geography-related fields including civil planning, demography, geodesy, land-use planning, GIS mapping, and environmental planning.

Geography Education Minor

A minor in Geography Education is the first step in becoming a Geography teacher. This minor, partnered with a Secondary Education degree, prepares students to teach geography in middle and high school settings.

Geographical Information Systems Minor

This minor prepares students with adequate remote sensing technique, GIS, and mapping skills to pursue related careers. Students are trained to use geographical information systems to analyze and make decisions for real world problems.


Geography Cluster

This cluster of 13 credits is offered to any student who wishes to learn more about geography and its application to the world.

Geography Information Systems for Geographers Cluster

This cluster provides students with a basic understanding of Geography Information Systems techniques and how to apply them to Geography.

Geographical Information System Cluster

This cluster of 12 credits gives students a basic introduction to Geographical Information Systems and how to apply their data to the real world.